People come to Zen for many reasons. Some want to relieve stress and improve their emotional and physical well-being. Some seek out Zen as an aid to enhance mental concentration. Sometimes attending Zen practice fulfills a school assignment, and sometimes there is just a curiosity that needs to be met. All of these reasons are important.

Ultimately, however, Zen practice offers a way for each of us to understand ourselves and this world very deeply. From this place of understanding it is possible to respond with wisdom and compassion to all that we encounter.

Coming Events Getting Started News

Sunday, August 3 Sunday morning practice

Sunday, September 7 Sunday morning practice     



Everyone is welcome to attend Thursday evening practice and practice the first Sunday of each month. An orientation is provided to all newcomers with a more extensive introduction to Zen offered the first Thursday of each month.

If you are coming for the first time, we encourage you to arrive 5-10 minutes before practice begins and to bring any questions you might have. Following practice you'll have an opportunity to get to know other members of our group as we serve refreshments and take some time to socialize.


Congratulations Zen Master Ji Haeng!

The Isthmus Zen Community's guiding teacher, Thom Pastor, received a new dharma name and title, Ji Haeng Soen Sa or "Wisdom Action Zen Master", in a dharma transmission ceremony on Saturday, April 5, 2014 at the Providence Zen Center in Cumberland, Rhode Island, headquarters temple of the international Kwan Um School of Zen.

Pastor Soen Sa's transmission teacher was Richard Shrobe (Zen Master Wu Kwang), with Zen Master Hae Kwang presiding in Richard Shrobe's absence.Thom Pastor received inka, authority to teach and conduct kong-an interviews, from Zen Master Seung Sahn in 2002. He is also the founder and abbot of the Zen Center of Las Vegas, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Warmest congratulations and heartfelt thanks to our guiding teacher for taking on this new role!